Ottoman Reupholster3:36 PM
Once the needle made it out the hole, you need to tie the two ends of cord. Obviously a knot would just go down the hole. I used scraps of fabric, rolled up as a blocker to tie the cord around. You could also use washers or something flat, that would probably look a little better. So I pulled the cording as deep as I wanted the button to pull, then tied it around my fabric rolls.
UPHOLSTER CHEST BASE
Taking base to turn it upside down to create storage room for a chest ottoman.
1. REMOVE OLD SKIRT
This ottoman had a hanging skirt and welting that pulled off easily.
2. UPHOLSTER BASE SIDES
I measured the height of the base sides, and cut fabric strips about 4" wider, to have enough to wrap on the top and bottom of the base. I sewed the strips together to make one large circle of fabric to fit around the box. I sewed it about 2-3" less than my perimeter measurement. This way, the circle of fabric was just a little too small, and fit tightly around the box.
**my suede has a little stretch, so 2-3" may be too small if your fabric doesn't stretch**
To secure the fabric to the base, staple the fabric on the bottom of the ottoman, stretching and smoothing fabric tightly as you go. Then flip it over and do the same thing to the top.
3. NEW LEG PLATES
Because I was flipping the base upside down, I needed to add new leg plates on what used to be the top of the ottoman. These plates are $1.00 each and just screw into the frame of the ottoman in each corner.
Then I used the original feet to twist into the plates.
At this point, the base is finished!
ATTACH CUSHION LID TO CHEST BASE
Obviously there are different ways to use the ottoman as a chest. You could attach stoppers to the bottom of the lid so it won't slide, and just lift the whole lid each time. But it was heavy, and I decided to use hinges to lift the lid in order to access the storage easier. I went with one skinny long "piano hinge" for $8.50. It was 30" long and 1" wide. I first screwed it to the back edge of the lid, so I could lay the lid flat and drill straight down. Then I positioned the lid on the chest base to screw in the other side of the hinge.
So now the upside down base acts as a storage chest to hold quilts. Obviously, not that good-looking inside, but shut the lid and it looks a lot better than the shredded original trashy ottoman.